The Maxi received a couple of facelifts before it reached production in 1969.
Here are a number of prototype images of the ADO14 project before it received its final Roy Haynes penned front and rear ends. Pictures supplied by Ian Nicholls.
There’s no disguising the fact that it was always going to be a tough task to incorporate the BMC 1800’s doors on an all-new car…
Front and rear styling was limited in appeal – with a particularly nasty ‘V’ kink in the front…
Closer to the final production car, but still not resolved around the nose
The four-door Morris Maxi
Four-door Maxi was dropped because of the management’s desire to avoid direct competition with the Ford Cortina. The failure of the Maxi to sell in sufficient numbers may well have nailed the coffin door shut on this derivative. (Photo: Men and Motors, Barney Sharratt)
Maxi saloon out testing in Portugal before the launch… (Photo: Maxi Marathon, BMIHT)
Thanks to Ian Nicholls for the pictures
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